October 8,2011 (San Diego) -- CASA will hold a 5K, and a one mile fun run/walk on Sunday, October 16 at Mission Trails Park. The 5K starts at 8:00 a.m., and the 1 mile at 8:30. Their slogan is: Steps for health...for you and your community!
October 8, 2011 (El Cajon) -- City of El Cajon employees, through its Special Events Committee, is currently collecting items for very special care packages that will be distributed to military members before the holidays.
October 5, 2011 (San Diego)--The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, which funds hospice services and special programs for patients and their loved ones, hosted its third annual Remembrance Walk on Sunday, October 2 at Liberty Station, drawing participants from East County and countywide.
Photos by Captain Brian Boggeln
September 22, 2011 (Alpine) – A dog that fell and became wedged inside a rocky, 15-foot deep crevasse in the 2600 block of Big Wheel Way is free and in good health, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Alpine firefighters.
By Miriam Raftery
September 19, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has announced that Deputies Scott Bligh and Gary Kneeshaw were awarded the 2010 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor.
The deputies received the state's highest honor for their heroic actions on August 21, 2010 to save two rock climbers trapped on the face of El Cajon (El Capitan) Mountain in Lakeside during the fast-moving Monte Fire.
September 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- David Scott Gordon takes center stage at El Cajon's 6th Annual Alley Cat Art Fest on October 14 to perform songs from his new debut EP, Believin' in Love. It will be the culmination of an amazing journey that the 40-year old former addict would have believed impossible just a few years ago.
Gordon, who goes by "Scott," finally reached rock bottom in January of 2003, when he found himself physically, emotionally, and spiritually broken. He had failed at two alcohol rehabilitation attempts, and had been admitted twice to an Upstate New York psychiatric hospital. He was even homeless for a period of time.
LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS MATCHING FUNDS TO POLISH UP ITS HISTORIC HOME FOR CITY’S CENTENNIAL
New hours of operation also announced
“When the flag came down dozens of people volunteered to help catch and fold it. Some were moved to tears.” – Leonard Villareal, San Miguel Fire Department
September 7, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--On September 11, 2011 the 30 x 56 foot Patriot Flag will fly in New York as a tribute to the Armed Forces, first responders, second responders, families of the 9/11 victims and those who lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil ten years ago.
Yesterday, the 75-pound flag flew over Rancho San Diego, ending a 223,000 mile trek across the United States. The Patriot Flag flew in 50 states in 50 weeks, and was displayed 225 times.
September 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama will honor East County’s hometown hero, Jimmie Johnson, in a ceremony at the White House next Wednesday.
Johnson will be honored not only for his record fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, but also for the efforts of Johnson and NASCAR to “give back to their community,” according to a White House press release.
August 31, 2011 ( San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) is grieving the loss of Officer Christopher Blakeley, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Aug. 24.
“We are once again mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association. “Officer Blakeley’s tragic death is a loss to the Department, and we will deeply miss our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
By Miriam Raftery
August 27, 2011 (Alpine) – Blossom and Delilah, two bears rescued from a closed zoo in Oklahoma have arrived at their new home at Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine.
The animals were destined to be sold to a game ranch where they could be hunted and killed if not for the intervention of Bobbi Brink, owner of LTB, a rescue facility in Alpine.
Aug 24, 2011 – A call to action has been sent out to all East County and San Diego residents by the San Diego Foundation to preserve and improve our beautiful city throughout the foreseeable future. “Our Greater San Diego Vision,” is an ambitious initiative aimed at getting the community involved in preserving the San Diego way of life for the next generations.
EL CAJON POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION CREATES DONATION FUND FOR WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM'S FAMILY
Officer Faces a Difficult Recovery after Sustaining a Gunshot Wound to the Head
August 23, 2011 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Police Officers’ Association (ECPOA) has opened a benefit account for wounded El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum and his family. Officer Slocum is in critical but stable condition after receiving a gunshot wound to the head during a shootout on August 21st. A press release issued by the ECPOA describes Slocum, 28, as a "loving father" of two young children and reveals that his wife is expecting a third child.
The ECPOA seeks community donations to assist the Slocum family during this tragic time.
Annual Fundraising Event to Benefit East County Youth
August 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Stoney’s Kids is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a “Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser Like No Other.” You’re invited to join in supporting East County youth programs onr August 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the lawn under the stars at Sycuan Resort.
August 20, 2011 (Julian) -- The Julian Triangle Club will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 23rd, at Wynola Pizza Express, between 5-8 p.m. Music will be provided from 6-8 p.m. by the “Gory Dayz” combo.
August 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Christian Help Center has passed out brand new backpacks and school supplies to over 300 Lakeside students. Children in local schools also received new socks and underwear.
“Local supporters and about 20 volunteers made this year's event amazing for the children!,” said Sherri Hurst, a community volunteer.
August 14, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – Does your dog have what it takes to become a therapy dog, comforting patients in hospitals and other special settings?
“Any dog can become a therapy dog if the owner has time and commitment to do the work,” says Cate Sacks at Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs in Blossmon Valley.
August 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- Somali Youth League of San Diego in collaboration with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), will be hosting a benefit dinner tonight to help address the urgent humanitarian needs in Southern Somalia, where millions of people are in need of immediate help due to severe drought.
The dinner will be held at the East African Community and Cultural Center located at 4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92015 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $45 at the door, or $40 with advance reservation. Donations are welcome even if you can't attend.
Donations to a trust fund for fallen officer’s family can be made through SDPOA Charity Fund
Aug. 8, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) has issued a statement of condolences over the loss of Officer Jeremy Henwood, who was shot in the line of duty August 6 and passed away early yesterday. He is the second San Diego Police Department officer killed in the line of duty in less than a year.
“We are saddened by this senseless and cowardly act that has taken away a true hero,” said Brian R. Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association.
August 5, 2011 (La Mesa)--The Miss San Diego Cities, Miss San Diego, Miss Greater San Diego, Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee pageants are teaming up to hold the third annual Fashion Show Fundraiser “Rockin’ SD County Fashion” benefiting all of the pageant’s scholarship funds.
August 5, 2011 (La Mesa, CA) -- It was less then two months ago that Mocha, a five-year-old terrier blend sat and waited in a kennel the County Animal Shelter in Bonita waiting for her forever home. She was relinquished by her owners like many dogs who are affected by the tough economic times. Tomorrow night when the curtain closes on the Broadway musical Annie at the Moonlight Theater the young terrier is now a well trained star, far from the dog with anxiety who waited and waited for someone to consider adopting her.
July 25, 2011 (Scripps Ranch)—Each Fourth of July for the past 12 years, Sheriff’s Homicide Captain Tim Curran and his wife, Debby, have displayed a flag the size of a two-car garage at their Scripps Ranch home. But on July 5, the flag was stolen and Debby was injured as the thief made a getaway.
The story drew national attention. While the crime remains unsolved, this morning the Currans received a new flag from the Captain and Command Staff of the U.S.S. Sterett aboard the guided destroyer at the Naval Air Base.
July 22, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Now there's good news for parents of nonambulatory special needs children. Only a month ago, Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy had to limit its services to ambulatory children, but now, because of two new, trained, wonderful volunteers, Dream Rider can offer equine assisted activities to all special needs children, including those who cannot walk or mount a horse on their own.
July 15, 2011, (Santee) -- Participate in a refreshing morning sprint, or a leisurely jog close to nature around the beautiful Santee Lakes at the annual "Lap the Lakes" 5K fun run on September 25th.